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Wednesday 23 July 2014

Baby christening shawl placed on coffin of tragic mother Elaine

Published 20/01/2014|12:03

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The remains of Olivia Dunne are brought to St Peter and Pauls Church, Balbriggan for her funeral mass.
Pic:Mark Condren
The remains of Olivia Dunne are brought to St Peter and Pauls Church, Balbriggan for her funeral mass. Photo: Mark Condren

A BABY christening shawl along with a family photo rested on the coffin of a mother who was killed in a tragic road accident.

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The sister of Balbriggan mother, Olivia Dunne, who died on Friday led tributes at her funeral mass this morning as her four-month old daughter, Eabha, remains in hospital fighting for her life.

The funeral took place at St Peter and Paul's church in Balbriggan this morning - the same church Olivia was married in just to years ago.

Olivia's only child was also struck by the car on Friday and was rushed to Temple Street Hospital where she was operated on.

Little Eabha's christening shawl along with a photo of Olivia, her husband Ciaran and their baby girl rested on the coffin.

Ms Dunne's sister Caroline Clinton read a short poem after communion saying "sometimes the thing left unfinished are among the most beautiful, like Olivia."

Ms Dunne, a primary school teacher at St Colmcille's National School was 31 years of age and had married Ciaran in the same church her funeral took place in.

"Little did we know that we'd be here together such a short time after the joyful wedding," said Fr Declan Kelly.

He referred to the couple's wedding vows of in sickness and in health all the days of our lives, saying, "who would have thought her days would be so short."

The priest described the mum of one as loving, perceptive and intelligent.

Fr Kelly prayed for her husband and the recovery of baby Eabha, saying the funeral was a "harrowing experience."

The priest gave his condolences to Mr Dunne and described the pair as a "couple in the morning of their dreams with both hands reaching out to life and without warning all their hopes and dreams were shattered."

The mum died instantly and the baby girl was brought to hospital where she was put into an induced coma after they were struck by a car out walking on Friday.

Friends of the deceased credited her with saving the life of her only child.

Minister for Health James Reilly also attended the funeral.

Her husband Ciaran works near the Balbriggan Retail Park where the tragic accident occurred.

He came upon the scene shortly afterwards and is said to be "inconsolable".

The incident took place only minutes from the family home shortly after 12.30pm near White Hart Inn.

Ms Dunne, a primary school teacher, was on maternity leave after the birth of baby Eabha in the autumn.

One neighbour said "I can't believe it. She was such a lovely person and was over the moon when her baby was born."

Olivia and Ciaran married in July 2012.

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